Students in Port Saunders now have two new media aimed at
them a cable television show for teenagers and a school
newspaper at Roncalli.
The first edition of the Student Voice caused great excitement
when it was distributed earlier this month. The papers were sold
at recess and lunch for fifty cents a copy. At recess, there
had to more copies made because they had sold out.
The paper is written, operated and produced by the grade nine
class. The paper has a sports section. This edition features
the cross-country teams. It also has a gossip column, jokes,
local events, Roncalli news, and letters to the editor.
Next issue will sport a Dear Lauren' column. It's the
Student Voice's answer to Dear Abby'. There's also a mystery
person contest in the paper, including a ballot and clues.
Aurele Beaupre is the teacher behind this newspaper. It is
his grade nine English class writing the paper. The editor is
grade nine student, Judy Synes
"The newspaper was introduced in the grade nine class
because writing newspaper articles is an objective of the English
course," he said.
"By having students complete a newspaper rather than
just articles, learning becomes more fun for the students."
When asked about the paper, Mazie House, the principal of
Roncalli, says "what a wonderful experience for our students."
Meanwhile, students at Roncalli have started Teen T.V, a news
program on the local cable station that will be for teenagers.
It will air stories that will be written by teens and approved
by teens. Teen T.V will air one hour a week and feature stories
about teenagers and the things that happen around them.
The idea came up when Roncalli teacher, Don Tulk, and a few
students were in St. John's over the summer for a journalism
conference sponsored by the SchoolNet News Network. There, they
worked with a group of students from Nova Scotia who had their
own television station at school.
Tulk thought the telelvision show was a good idea so he mentioned
it to a few of his students from Communications 2104.
"I can't wait to get started, " said Jennifer House,
while Tyson Ryan said "Teen T.V will help teenagers keep
in touch with what is happening around them."
The show will be run by students in Communications 2104. Students
must prepare one story a week for each show. Each student will
be paired with a professional journalist from across the country
so that they can get help with writing their story. In order
for this to be a success, the class needs support from the community
to buy new equipment.
"I think people are going to be impressed with the quality
of work done by students," said Tulk.